I have been doing research on the Dark Ages for my fantasy series and I think it fits into my intended story well. The Dark Ages started with the collapse of the Roman Empire and ushered an age of war, poverty, pestilence, and superstition. With this in mind, the setting of my fantasy world will be set in the aftermath of the supposed extinction of the royal family. Without a monarchy to lead them, the realm will be divided with everyone, noble or commoner, fighting for their share of what the land has to offer. When the main character leaves the relative safety of the region he lives in, this will be the world he encounters and must unite.